Healing from Trauma: How Fairytales can be Therapeutic
A traumatic experience is defined as an event, or series of events, which cause a lot of stress. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death.
Trauma is a tricky topic.
We all have varying degrees of trauma that we have experienced.
The trauma that I struggle with may seem insignificant or as though it does not even constitute as trauma from your perspective.
Whereas the trauma you struggle with may be more apparent or severe.
For instance, most people would agree that the loss of a parent is traumatic.
Likewise, most people would agree that the loss of a parent at a particularly young age is more traumatic than the expected loss, due to old age.
Does that mean that an adult struggling to process grief is invalid?
Of course not.
It's not a competition.
If an event or experience disturbs your emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual wellbeing the goal should be to heal from that experience.
What we don't want to do is pretend it didn't happen or hyper-focus on it to the point of allowing that experience to negatively impact your life.
Instead we should strive to understand and accept the traumatic experiences to the best of our ability.
Then we should work through any unhelpful feelings or behaviors we have developed related to our trauma.